We use a basic butter cream recipe with half butter half shortening. The problem we are having is that the cake is too fluffy. The air bubbles are very large, they do not look good and I can't get them to go away! CAN ANYONE HELP?!?!?!?!?
When you whip it, are you using a paddle attachment or a whisk attachment? Paddle attachments incorporate less air...
How long are you whipping it for? Longer whip times usually incorporate more air...
Is your recipe an American Buttercream or Cooked Buttercream recipe?
Hopefully some of that helps a bit...
I cream my fat for about 15 minutes before I add the sugar. This is with the paddle at a low-medium speed. When I add the sugar, I mix it for about two minutes on low speed. Any more than that and you will add too much air. If you do add too much air then all you can really do is just smush it against the bowl with your spatula to get the air out that way. I never use the whisk attachment for my BC unless I'm going for a really whipped texture.
Not sure what you are making, but I make 4x batches of SMBC in a 6qt KA, and at the end, I turn the mixer to low and let it turn around for a good 5 minutes working the bubbles out.
Yep that's also a good way to get the bubbles out. I make both IMBC and ABC and the methods are basically the same, except for IMBC I use the whisk when adding the sugar syrup into the meringue.
I've found that adding more liquid will get rid of the air pockets.
AOff topic. The 6qt can handle 4 batches? My 5.5qt Cuisinart can barely handle 2 :-(
OP try running the mixer on low with the paddle attachment for a few minutes when you're done. You could also use a spatula.
Well, my 4x batch might not be the same as yours, no? :D My SMBC recipe at 4x is about 21 eggs, 5 cups sugar, and 3 pounds of butter. I have to use my splash guard, cause it barely fits in the bowl without it, and would slop over the side.
I figured a batch of SMBC would use approximately 12 oz to 1 lb of butter and the appropriate ratios of egg whites around the 1:2:3 ratio-- at least a vast majority of the recipes I've seen use that amount.
My 2-batch recipes uses approximately 2 lbs of butter and my mixer most definitely cannot handle that much so I always do a 1-1/2 batch. I am so jealous!
I think its the way the bowl is designed, it deeper than the Kitchenaid so the attachments end up being about half way into the bowl to reach the bottom, so in reality I only have a little over half the capacity of the 5.5qt bowl to use. If I filled up the bowl or even tried to use 4 qts the mixture would completely cover the attachment, and part of the arm that holds the attachment.
Yeah, it barely fits, but I make it work. Nothing like having a ginormous batch all done in one fell swoop. :D